Language teachers in adult education and higher education settings can benefit best from training that speaks to their situations and needs. Our professional development workshops connect with participants’ contexts by engaging them directly in defining their desired learning outcomes. Training promotes active learning as it models task-based instruction, backward design, and flipped classroom approaches. Workshop topics may include

  • Understanding and promoting communicative competence
  • Defining learning objectives and activities using backward design
  • Designing curriculum and materials for specific purposes instruction
  • Using and appreciating learner-centered classroom activities
  • Knowing when and how to correct errors
  • Using formative assessment holistically

Professional development workshops can be provided in face-to-face, online, or hybrid models. We also provide individual and small-group mentoring for teachers.

Examples of recent work:
  • Developed design and content for The Essentials of Language Teaching, a professional development website for instructors with limited exposure to current practices in second language education, such as learner-centered instructional design and teaching for communicative competence
  • Focus on Assets in Language Curriculum Design. Invited presentation at the Curriculum Design LEARN Conference, Fairfax, VA, August 2016
  • Choosing and Using Life Skills Websites with Adult Learners. Invited presentation at the NC State University ESL Symposium, Raleigh, NC, May 2016
  • Learner Assets in Workplace Instruction. Invited paper presented at the colloquium on Communicating Across Borders: The Case for Culturally Intelligent Workplace Practitioners, TESOL International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2015
  • Developing English Reading Skills and Financial Literacy with Online Materials. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), Charleston, SC, November 2014 (with Miriam Burt and Jennifer Leach)